The short answer is – yes. Our minimum academic requirements act as a guide as to how well trainees can cope with the demands of professional exams and training. This makes them very important in the selection process – and will decide there and then whether you should continue with your application.

Yes, we welcome all applications, and also candidates who are studying for a post-graduate qualification.

Yes, but please bear in mind, you must have passed each exam first time in order to be considered (you’ll need to submit your previous exam transcripts for verification). If you’ve had any relevant previous employment experience you may wish to consider going through the experienced hire route at BDO instead. (more here)

If you would like us to consider extenuating circumstances that have affected your academic results, please highlight this in the relevant section on the application form. Please also note – if you have a valid reason for not being able to use the online application, we’ll be happy to consider this and use another method.

No, we recruit throughout the year until all our vacancies are filled. But remember that our September and December intakes and positions fill up fast – so we recommend that you apply early to avoid missing out.

We ask candidates to apply to the programme and office location that interests them the most. You’ll then be committed towards developing your career in this particular area. This means you’ll only be allowed to apply to one programme per year. Although, you do get the option to enter a second preference office location in the event your first choice is no longer available.

We have two main intakes for Graduates and Apprentices – September and December (please note that not all offices have both intakes). This ties in with the start of the professional qualification course start dates. If you are available and there’s space in the team, you could start earlier than this and work with us at BDO until your college course starts in September/December. However, it’s worth remembering that you’ll still be aligned to a September/December intake. Each role on our website will tell you which intake you’ll be part of.

You’ll need to wait 12 months from the date of your first application before reapplying. Candidates should only apply to one programme and office at any one time.

Yes, but be aware these qualifications need to be the equivalent of three A Levels at grades A*- C, excluding General Studies and Extended Projects. You’ll also need 9-4 at GCSE in Maths and English Language.

International qualifications can be verified using NARIC which students will have to buy.

Online tests

To practice ahead of your ability testing, visit where you’ll be able to complete practice ability tests. If your application is successful at stage 1, we’ll send you a link to the real online tests. When you are ready, please login to sit them. If you have any special requirements listed in your application for sitting the online tests, we’ll contact you individually.

Don’t panic! All you need to do is log back into the tests; the system will let you carry on from where you were. If you encounter further technical hitches please email and we will be in touch to help resolve the problem.

Assessment day

We will reimburse travelling expenses to a maximum of £50. After your assessment day, please scan and email your travel expenses, along with your bank details (name of the account holder, sort code and account number) to You need to provide valid travel receipts in order to receive payment.

Work experience

We do not offer work experience as such, but we do have a 6-week Summer Internship programme for university students in their penultimate year. We also have Insight Days which provide an opportunity for you to get to know our firm over the course of one day.


Yes, we’ll sponsor students who receive an offer of employment to obtain a Tier 2 Visa, assuming they meet the necessary immigration criteria. You can find more information about this here. We work with a team of specialist immigration lawyers who will process your application speedily and keep you updated throughout your application.


Applying online

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Assessment Day

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Graduate programme

From tax to forensic services, BDO offers graduate programmes in a range of exciting business areas.

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Talk to Us

The simplest way to get to know BDO is to talk to our people.

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